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Destination: Rwanda



Overview

On arrival at Kigali International Airport we will welcome you and transfer to the hotel for the overnight. Visit places lie Nyungwe Forest, Nyanza, Lake Kivu and many more.



Day 1
Kigali

On arrival at Kigali International Airport we will welcome you and transfer to the hotel for the overnight in BB, The Manor Hotel / Flame Tree Village Hotel. BB

Overnight at: The Manor Hotel / Flame Tree Village Hotel. BB

Day 2
Kigali – Nyanza - Nyungwe

After breakfast you will drive South to Nyungwe. Stop over for lunch and in Nyanza, that in the past was the political capital and it hosts the antique Royal palace, entirely renovated for the visitors, displaying original items and pieces of history of the Mwami, the king. Lunch will be in Huye (Butare), the second town in Rwanda, considered the cultural capital, hosting the university and the National Museum. Very interesting are the handicraft shops where are sold typical products made by Rwandan artisans, especially in the weaving and baskets.nArrive in Nyungwe for dinner and overnight at Nyungwe To View Hotel (C) (Supplement for One and Only Nyungwe Forest Lodge) or Emeraude lodge / similar (E). Full BoardnNote: today transfer is long about 7 hours drive.

Overnight at: Nyungwe To View Hotel (C) (Supplement for One and Only Nyungwe Forest Lodge) or Emeraude lodge / similar (E). Full Board

Day 3
The primates of Nyungwe National Park

After an early breakfast, at 6 am you enter Nyungwe forest for the chimpanzees trekking. There are two sites where this activity is conducted: the Uwinka visitor center and Cyamudongo Forest, which is part of the national park. Nyungwe with 1020 sq km of green hills is the largest mountain tropical forest in East Africa. Nyungwe hosts 13 species of primates, including the chimpanzee (the count is about 500), the Rwenzori colobus, Angolan colobus, the Hoest Monkey, the silver monkey, owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, vervet monkey and olive baboon. Nyungwe is also the first birding destination in Rwanda, with over 310 species of birds.nReturn to the lodge for your lunch.nIn the afternoon, optional activity: you might try the “canopy walk” which is only found in Nyungwe or try another short forest trail or go for birding.nDinner and overnight at Nyungwe To View Hotel (C) (Supplement for One and Only Nyungwe Forest Lodge) or Emeraude lodge / similar (E). Full Board.

Overnight at: Nyungwe Forest Lodge) or Emeraude lodge / similar (E). Full Board

Day 4
Along the shores of Lake Kivu to Kibuye

After breakfast, leave Nyungwe and proceed north along the shores of Lake Kivu. Arrive in Kibuye in time for lunch.nYou can relax at leisure or, optional, we can arrange a boat trip to the closest islands on the lake, to discover unspoiled places and sceneries. Dinner and overnight at Cormoran Lodge (C) or Rwiza Village Guest House (E). Full BoardnNote: today transfer is about 3 hours drive.n

Overnight at: Dinner and overnight at Cormoran Lodge (C) or Rwiza Village Guest House (E). Full Board

Day 5
The North West of Rwanda: Gishwati-Mukura National Park – Volcanoes National Park

After breakfast, you leave Kibuye Northwest to Volcanoes National Park. The route passes across Gishwati Forest, which in 2016 became the fourth national park of Rwanda with the name Gishwati-Mukura National Park, having about 35 sq km of forest. This is the habitat of the chimpanzees, golden monkey, L’Hoest monkey, blue monkey, black and white colobus. We suggest taking a nature walk in the park.nIn the afternoon you reach Musanze (Ruhengeri) at the gate of Volcanoes National Park. The park with 125 square km in size is named after the Virunga volcanoes, set along the border between Rwanda and Congo.nYou check in at your lodge, dinner and overnight at Five Volcanoes Hotel / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (C) or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (E). Full BoardnNote: today transfer is long about 4 hours drive.nn

Overnight at: Five Volcanoes Hotel / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (C) or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (E). Full Board

Day 6
Mountain gorilla tracking

After breakfast, at 7 in the morning starts the trekking in the forest in search for one of the habituated families of the mountain gorillas. After the briefing from the park rangers, you will reach the starting point for the trekking. Bring with you water and packed lunch, while wearing trekking boots. It is not predictable the time you will spend to find the gorillas. After you finally reach and see the gorillas, you have right to one hour for observing the primates and their behaviors, while taking photographs. nIn the afternoon we advise to take a cultural walk in one of the ecotourist sites of the communities around Kinigi, like Iby’Iwacu Cultural Village, which will help you to see closer the real life of people, their traditions and even to see the Intore dancers performing. Return to the lodge at leisure. Dinner overnight at Five Volcanoes Hotel / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (C) or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (E). Full Boardn

Overnight at: Five Volcanoes Hotel / Mountain Gorilla View Lodge (C) or Le Bamboo Gorilla Lodge / Da Vinci Lodge (E). Full Board

Day 7
Volcanoes National Park / Kigali

After breakfast transfer to Kigali and we suggest for you the city tour of the town. The capital town of Rwanda is found at an altitude of about 1800 meters above sea level and it is spread along various hills making the different local areas. You can visit the Genocide Memorial of Gisozi, the Camp Kigali, the Natural History Museum. Moreover, there are interesting traditional local markets, like in Muhima or the Caplaki center.nLunch in restaurant. Dinner and overnight at The Manor Hotel / Flame Tree Village Hotel. Full BoardnNote: If today you with to take another optional trekking in Volcanoes National Park, you can do it with a supplement and we advise to choose between the golden monkeys trekking or visit the Old Karisoke Research Centre and the tombs of Dian Fossey and the mountain gorillas. Overnight at Hotel De Milles Collines/ Flame Tree Village nToday transfer is about 3 hours drive.n

Overnight at: Hotel De Milles Collines/ Flame Tree Village

Day 8
Kigali Airport.

Reserved for departure flights from Kigali International Airport. BB


The price includes:

  • Water on board
  • Entrance fees, taxes
  • Chimpanzee trekking in Nyungwe
  • Mountain gorilla permits at USD 1500 each
  • English speaking Driver/Guide
  • All the transfer in private means 4x4 safari Land Cruiser / land rover
  • Full board accommodation
  • Airport transfers

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Accomodation

Flame Tree Village

Volcanoes Hotel